Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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One of the BEST resources I've found for kindergarten keyboarding skills is...The BBC's Dance Mat Typing!  We had a request from our 3rd and 4th grade teachers to start keyboarding in kindergarten so they are better at it by the time they arrive in upper elementary grades.  

My kinder kiddos would complete a keyboarding lesson first during work stations.  Then, they were able to self select from Starfall or Literactive!  

I L-O-V-E how a picture of the keyboard stays on the screen.  It helps students become less dependent on looking at their own fingers.  The keyboard screen helps them figure out if their fingers are in the right place AND if they are typing the correct letter.  

After an intro, the students practice typing a variety of words using the home row to start, then moving beyond. My kids would be tuckered by the end of their keyboard practice, but I heard fewer "Where is the _____ key?" questions as a result.  I'm going to start this program sooner, rather than later this year, hoping that my kiddos will be able to get further and become more fluent typists!  

Do you keyboard in kindergarten?  1st grade?  2nd grade?  3rd and up?  I would love to know what you think about keyboarding in early elementary, as well as what resources you use.  

Head on over to the linky party and see what other wonderful websites teachers are using!  

2 comments:

  1. I just saw this website the other day. It looks pretty great.

    At our district they have cut down on staff in the library so keyboarding is not really done that much...but now they are realizing kids still need it so they're trying to start it back up.
    Early intervention is the key with kids.

    thanks
    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. We have no computer time unless it's in our classrooms. With state testing working its way to being on the computer, we have to keep the little guys on track! :)

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